Category Archives: Law Enforcement

CPE Statement on Sterling Brown Video

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren E. Williams, comms@policingequity.org

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement on the Sterling Brown video release:

“‘Contempt of cop’ is neither illegal nor a reason for police use of force. However, in this situation, Milwaukee officers treated it as both.

“I urge our nation’s law enforcement leaders to step up and denounce these officers’ actions. Speaking in a shared language of justice amplifies our nation’s communal values and will help move us to a system that is much more just, honest, and equitable.

“The behavior displayed in this video is concerning – and should never happen. But it is not a true representation of law enforcement across the country.

“Now, more than ever, more law enforcement officials must say so.”

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Connecticut Gov. Steps Up to Take Down Excessive Use of Force by Police

MEDIA ADVISORY
May 1, 2018

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lauren E. Williams
lauren@policingequity.org

Connecticut Gov. Steps Up to Take Down Excessive Use of Force by Police
Connecticut Makes Major announcement at D.C. National Convening of Criminal Justice Experts

WASHINGTON, D.C – Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy joins the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) on Wednesday, May 2nd to announce Connecticut as the first full state in the nation to make a state-wide commitment to reducing use of force and bias in law enforcement. Governor Malloy will encourage all police departments throughout Connecticut will provide data to CPE’s National Justice Database, the largest compilation of police data in the nation.

Governor Malloy and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and cofounder of CPE will be on hand to discuss the partnership and the first-of-its kind database.

 

WHO:

  • Governor Dannel Malloy, Connecticut
  • Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, President and Cofounder, Center for Policing Equity
  • Police Chief John Gavallas Watertown, CT

*Three police chiefs from Connecticut will be in attendance

WHEN:  

Wednesday, May 2, 2018; 12:30 pm -1:00pm

WHERE:

The Grand Ballroom, The Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M Street, NW,  Washington, DC 20037

WHY:

Criminal justice and policing reform is often implemented on a municipal scale as a city response to negative police-community interactions. Broader action, however, is needed. Connecticut will be the first state to officially recognize the need for a systemic and data-driven approach to the tension between law enforcement and the citizens they serve by participating in the National Justice Database.  Powered by Google, the NJD goes well beyond data collection to include analytics and customized solutions. The project brings police chiefs a significant step forward in being able to evaluate use of force and bias within their ranks and can help communities hold law enforcement accountable.

HOW:

Your coverage is invited, but one-on-one interviews must be scheduled in advance. Instructions on parking and logistics will be sent with a media confirmation. Please contact Lauren E. Williams or Safiya Simmons at comms@policingequity.org with any immediate questions.

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About the Center for Policing Equity

The Center for Policing Equity is the nation’s leading think and action tank on racial justice and policing. In an era of political divisiveness and social unrest, CPE believes collaboration with law enforcement and communities is imperative. CPE has worked for 10 years to hold police and their communities accountable and build trust in cities and states across the country. By providing evidence-based analytic tools and up-to-date research, CPE’s work amplifies the need for a broader bipartisan movement for criminal justice reform.

CPE Statement Regarding Alton Sterling Video Footage Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 30, 2018

Media Contact
Lauren E. Williams
lauren@policingequity.org

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and cofounder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement regarding the video footage released today of Alton Sterling’s 2016 shooting death:

“Anyone who cares about the loss of innocent life suffered two blows this week. One was dealt when the Louisiana State Attorney ruled not to prosecute the officers involved in the Alton Sterling case and the other when more video showing his tragic shooting death was released.

“People are angry all over again, and even more confused. By releasing these videos after deciding no officer will face legal consequences, the Baton Rouge community, and others, are being asked to relive the trauma of watching an innocent Black man’s life taken from him in a nation that too often has no remedy for that violence. What communities and police need most is a path forward, toward a more just future where these shootings and videos are shockingly rare—not traumatically familiar.

“There is no consolation—and no justice—to offer the family of Alton Sterling and the millions of families across the country who feel his loss personally. Still, we encourage the mayor, police chief, and community of Baton Rouge to continue working together.

“While these actions will not bring back the dead or prevent the past, there are evidence-informed practices to curve the momentum of our tragic history. And at moments like this, it is towards that long arc of history we must look for hope. Because watching footage like this and mourning the death of unarmed Black men and women never gets easier, but the way that we learn from them can.”

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Center for Policing Equity Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Stephan Clark

CONTACT:
Lauren E. Williams
Lauren@policingequity.org

Center for Policing Equity Statement on the Fatal Shooting of Stephan Clark

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement about the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Stephan Clark:

“Yet another young Black man with a bright future lost his life on Sunday at the hands of a police officer.

“Details are still being released, but one thing is clear – the community demands and should have answers. As the good people of the Sacramento Police Department already know, relationships in the criminal justice system are built by trust in it, not fear of it.

“I send my condolences to the family of Stephan Clark and pray for healing and more dialogue. These ugly incidents did not go away just because the nation stopped paying attention to them. And they will not go away in the dark.

“As many in the nation stand up to end gun violence and sexual harassment, so too must we do the hard work of democracy in the area of policing. Leaders in policing and communities must keep the lights shining on the work we have left to do in order to ensure that public safety serves the public safely.”

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Center for Policing Equity Co-Founder Issues Statement on the Trump Administration’s Plan to Lift the Ban on Military Weapons Use By Law Enforcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2017
CONTACT:
Lauren E. Williams
 
 
Center for Policing Equity Co-Founder Issues Statement on the Trump Administration’s Plan to Lift the Ban on Military Weapons Use By Law Enforcement
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s new Executive Order to lift the ban on the use of military weapons by law enforcement:

“President Trump’s new Executive Order sends the wrong message to communities across America.

“Thoughtful engagement and mutual respect are the core elements in creating and nurturing trust between communities and law enforcement. History has shown us this, and 2014’s unfortunate events in Ferguson underscored this truth: public trust cannot exist where the public feels besieged by an army.

“Police officers must have the right tools and resources to keep communities safe, but these resources shouldn’t be supplied at the expense of critical partnerships. When they are, these actions can alienate members of law enforcement and communities, possibly reversing social progress we’ve worked so hard to achieve.

“While evidence is mixed on how the use of military equipment influences police behavior, we do know that trust is not built through force. Public safety works best when it is built on a foundation of trust. As a nation, we should work to strengthen that trust – not weaken or destroy it.”

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Center for Policing Equity Co-Founder Issues Statement in Response to  President Trump’s Policing Remarks  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2017
 
CONTACT:
Safiya Jafari Simmons

Safiya@policingequity.org

Center for Policing Equity Co-Founder Issues Statement in Response to 
President Trump’s Policing Remarks  
NEW YORK, NY — Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s remarks delivered today in New York:
“Today’s statement by President Trump encourages communities to be less trusting of police by supporting police injustice. By suggesting that police punish ‘bad guys’ before they have even been tried in court, the President’s address implied a disrespect for the rule of law. The police chiefs and officers I’ve spoken to are disgusted, by the President’s statements — and the applause.

“Unchecked police force is not tough. It is not ‘manly’ and it does not reduce crime.  What it does accomplish is to make crime victims less likely to call 911 for help because they fear how police will treat them. And when someone fears calling the police, it is not just a threat to their own safety, it is a threat to the safety of those they might otherwise have tried to help. If I am attacked on the street, I surely hope those who see it will feel safe calling the police to protect me. Today’s statements by the President are dangerous because they make that less likely.
“Punitive force by any member of law enforcement is potentially a precursor to violence against the next officer encountering that individual.  Excessive force dehumanizes all involved, both police and public.
‘The bottom line is this: We are all less safe when any of us does not trust the police. Police know this. We work hard with dedicated women and men in blue who commit their lives to earning the trust of neighborhoods long skeptical of police power. And with so many communities and law enforcement agencies trying so hard to improve trust and stem the tide of negative officer-involved incidents, the last thing anyone needs is their efforts being undermined by the nation’s Commander-in-Chief.”
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Center for Policing Equity Releases Statement on the Resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2017
 
CONTACT:
Safiya Jafari Simmons
Safiya@policingequity.org

 

Center for Policing Equity Releases Statement on the Resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau  
NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Center for Policing Equity released the following statement on the resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau:
“Having partnered with the Minneapolis Police Department for several years, we are hopeful that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ request for the resignation of Police Chief Janee Harteau is accompanied by a deepening commitment to the reforms already begun in the department.
“This course correction should include an acceleration of some of the changes that were already in place: improvement in data collection; training on implicit bias; and analytics that target solutions for racial disparities in policing.
“Unexpected changes are inevitable in the pursuit of reform.  Minneapolis is one of the cities in the National Initiative to Build Community Trust and Justice, and as a result, one of the cities in our National Justice Database.  It was the face of police reform in Minnesota, and announcements like this often have the unintended consequence of slowing progress.
“We hope this development does not become a setback for the values of equality, justice, and science-based reform that Minneapolis has moved to embrace.”
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There’s a predictable pattern to a fatal police shooting. But not in the case of Justine Ruszczyk

(CNN)
Why the reaction is different this time –
David Love, a Philadelphia journalist who’s written about race issues for CNN and others, has a theory why.
We haven’t reckoned with our history so it shouldn’t surprise us to see a different reaction – Phillip Atiba Goff  Read more

Google Gives $1 Million for Justice and Shines Light on Dark History of Lynching

The search engine titan has a history of donating to causes that promote social justice. In February, Google provided provide $11.5 million in new funding to 10 racial justice organizations including the Center for Policing Equity, Impact Justice, and Center for Employment Opportunities—one of several groups funded that work on supplying the previously incarcerated with marketable job skills… Read more here.